There’s something quite special about a holiday in the great outdoors at a time of year when spring is in the air but not quite bursting out all over! Okay so it’s a bit on the cool side but the days are getting longer and there’s the fresh scent of new greenery in the air and a heady sense of optimism that the dreary days of winter are well and truly over. Adventure beckons! And what better way to get closer to nature in the chillier months without chattering teeth than with a spot of luxury glamping.
Opting for a super-warm wooden camping cabin is just the ticket for outwitting wintery weather. The only ‘cool’ thing about this type of accommodation is its impressively stylish good looks! In fact booking one of these cosy heated hideaways guarantees you’ll be warm and snug indoors at base camp. So now it’s just a case of planning ahead for the outdoorsy bits of your holiday in the wonderful wilds.
As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather – only unsuitable clothing. Savvy packing with the right attire to enhance your rural stay is key. For a simple stroll in bracing conditions, feather and down stuffed jackets are a winner and pre-owned ones can often be picked up cheaply in advance. You’ll soon realise why ducks and geese look so smug in the coldest of conditions.
Call me old fashioned but a good set of thermal underwear could prove a great outings asset, too. From thermolactyl grade 4 to thick pure silk interlock there is something for every pocket and taste. And how about throwing in some hand-warmers for good measure as well as protecting those extremities with suitable hats, gloves, scarves and socks. A flask of soup or hot drink to take with you, some energy bars or a packed lunch also makes good sense to counteract flagging even on a gentle stroll. And never underestimate the importance of starting the day with a hearty breakfast!
Of course if you’re going to do some serious hiking in the cold then it’s important to have more specific kit to cover all eventualities. With many of glamping sites like Strathfillan in the west highlands in stunningly wild locations websites like walkhighlands and mountain safety will give you the low down on what’s needed for more hard core outings on foot.
In many glamping spots you will find yourself within easy travelling distance of museums, leisure centres or shopping malls – so a spot of retail therapy, a meal out or a browse around some interesting exhibits can make for a warmer type of expedition when temperatures plummet. Lee Valley Wigwams in idyllic rural Hertfordshire for example is just half an hour by train from London and Northside Farm Wigwams in glorious Northumberland is only 20 minutes by car from the bright lights of Newcastle upon Tyne.
It worth taking some tips from the positive attitude that people in Denmark have towards seasonal chill - they adopt what is known as a ‘Hygge’ approach. For the Danes this is all about embracing the cooler times of year and enjoying the good things in life with good company in a cosy and intimately lit environment.
For glampers that can mean fairy lights in your cabin with a game of Monopoly and steaming mugs of hot chocolate or softly glowing lanterns outside with a blazing camp fire to toast marshmallows, savour mulled wine or a local craft beer (or two) around.
There’s nothing to beat having fun beating the cold - so think warm when you pack, search the Wigwam Holidays locations pages for the many sites where camp fires are allowed and get ready to feel the heat